Council approves County of Simcoe 2022 budget

County has dug into reserves to hold the line on tax increase

County of Simcoe residents will see a two per cent increase on the County portion of their 2022 property tax bill.

County council approved a $638 million budget for 2022 at its meeting on Tuesday.

This works out to an approximately $5.47 hike on a property assessed at $100,000. To maintain a two per cent increase on municipal property taxes, the County will be utilizing reserves.

This tax hike does not apply to the cities of Barrie and Orillia.

Expenditures increased from last year, the County said in a statement, due to COVID-19 pressures, areas of growth, investment and initiatives directed by Council to enhance service levels while increasing efficiencies.

“County Council knows that since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents and local businesses have faced challenges,” said Warden George Cornell. “In 2021, the first budget of the pandemic, County Council committed to not raising taxes and approved a zero per cent increase on the County’s portion of municipal taxes in order to help residents, families and businesses. This 2022 budget is a responsible budget, addressing rising costs to complete vital infrastructure and capital projects and enabling us to invest in our essential services and programs as growth continues. At the County, we employ long-term care nurses, PSWs, paramedics and staff working in employment assistance and affordable housing sectors. These essential services will continue to see increased demand in 2022 and beyond. Efficiencies in our operations, combined with the County’s prudent fiscal management, ensure that we can keep supporting our residents and communities while keeping our 2022 tax rate below inflation.”

2022 Budget Highlights include:

Total County Expenditures for 2022: $638 million:

  • LTC – Homes and Seniors Services $104 million
  • Paramedic Services $64 million
  • Children Services $46 million
  • Social Housing $102 million
  • Ontario Works $88 million
  • Transportation and Engineering $57 million
  • Solid Waste Management $77 million